Geranium Bronze Butterfly

The Geranium Bronze Butterfly (Cacyreus marshalli) is a small insect in the Lycaenidae family of butterflies. 

The Geranium Bronze Butterfly is brown and bronze with a white border on its wings. Its underside is grey-brown with darker bands interlaced with white. The male and female look similar. 

Geranium Bronze Butterfly

It has a wingspan of about 2 centimetres (almost 1 inch). 

It is native to South Africa, but has been introduced into Europe. It is a pest to horticulturalists growing the geranium flower. 

The Geranium Bronze Butterfly is migratory during winter, moving to warmer climates. 

The adult female Geranium Bronze Butterfly lays eggs on the leaves of geranium or pelargonium plants. The eggs hatch into caterpillars which feed on the leaves, and then become pupae. The adult butterfly emerges from the pupa. This process is called metamorphosis.  

Geranium Bronze Butterfly
Geranium Bronze Butterfly
Geranium Bronze Butterfly
Geranium Bronze Butterfly
Geranium Bronze Butterfly
Geranium Bronze Butterfly

Location of photographs: Paris, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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